“Whomsoever The Lord has adopted and deemed worthy of His fellowship ought to prepare themselves for a hard, toilsome, and unquiet life, crammed with very many and various kinds of evil.” – John Calvin
I am amazed at people who think that the Christian life is nothing but an easy road filled with peace and happiness because it’s not that way. Think about it, have you ever read about a man or woman of God in the Bible who was a servant of God devoted faithfully to Him whose life was an easy road with happiness all the time? You can’t find it because it isn’t there.
What was David’s life like? What was Moses‘s life like? What was Esther’s life? What was it Ruth’s life like? Their lives were filled with trials, persecutions, and disturbances, but even in the midst of all of their sufferings and endeavors, God was with them and faithful. I can’t stress this point enough. The Lord never promised that our life would be easy, but He did promise that He would never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).
People who profess their Christianity, but show nothing of any kind of opposition against unrighteousness or a striving towards holiness as they consistently combat the evils of this world, are in truth, no Christians at all! What do you see in America today? We see many who call themselves Christians, but yet are unwilling to take a stand for Christ. A true Christian is going to experience opposition and hardships. The Bible says in 2 Timothy 3:12, “…all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”
The servant is not greater than his Lord. Jesus said in John 15:18-21, “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated Me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept My saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for My name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.” If Christ’s life and path was this way, so will be ours as His servants.
The true Christians are those who are willing to suffer for Christ’s sake and not run away at the first sign of opposition or struggle. The faithful among men and women are not easily found. The Bible says in Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. What does few mean? Literally, the definition in Webster’s 1828 dictionary means: not many, small in number. In other words…few.
On your journey, you will not have many true friends, you will find yourself alone a lot with just you and the Lord, but in the end it’s the best place where you should be. Don’t think of Christianity in the way that is portrayed today with slick smiles, expensive suits, diamond rings, and all the happiness in the world. Christianity is a fight, a struggle, and it’s a road that not many will travel with you, but you must keep the faith. As Paul said in 2 Timothy 4:7, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:” But check out the very next verse (Verse 8) which is absolutely awesome! It goes as follows; “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing.”
AMEN! It is not a crown we seek, it is Christ we seek. But the knowledge that all the hardships and struggles we faced on this earth will be worth it in the end, is awesome!
Paul’s life was not easy, but look at the impact his life still continues to have among believers today! Even in our own society we don’t sit and talk about or honor those as heroes who had easy lives, no. What makes a person a hero is their courage and strength to endure amidst adversity. So, the next time you wonder what’s wrong with you because you’re not like everybody else as you find yourself on a lonely path being consecrated to God, know this, the Lord has His eye upon you (Matthew 10:29-31) and He will never leave you nor forsake you.